Stephen Strasburg (9-0, 2.85 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.80 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (36-24) and the Philadelphia Phillies (29-31) at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on WCAU and MASN.
Strasburg pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 6-3 defeat to the Reds. Daniel Murphy (.374, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hellickson went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 6-3 defeat to the Brewers in his most recent start. Odubel Herrera (.318, 32 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
The Nationals are a -250 favorite with a low total of 7 for this NL East clash.
Pick - Wash
The Nationals sit at 21-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 14-13.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Phillies have an 11-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-24. The Nationals have a 5-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Washington ranks in the top five with 82.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 142 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 208.
The Nationals are 29-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Phillies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 23-15 record.